# Start Here

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## Maths GCSE

I started this blog so that I could help my chil­dren with their Math GCSE home­work. This sec­tion includes my notes as I worked through the GCSE syl­labus. I soon dis­cov­ered that there are many free online resources– and most of them are video based. I’ve added links to many of these resources/videos.

## Pri­mary School

I also became inter­ested in how maths/numeracy is taught in pri­mary schools. I’d never quite under­stood the need for new (to me!) meth­ods such as ‘num­ber lines’, the ‘grid method’ and ‘chunk­ing’.  Once I under­stood the think­ing behind these meth­ods, I could see why many teach­ers and, more impor­tantly, pupils find them useful.

1. How to Learn Your Times Tables Fast (up to ten times table).

2. How to Learn the 11 Times Table.

3. How to Learn the 12 Times Table.

4. Mul­ti­pli­ca­tion using the Grid Method (includ­ing decimals).

5. Mul­ti­pli­ca­tion using the Lat­tice Method (includ­ing decimals).

6. How to Add Frac­tions in 5 Sim­ple Steps.

7. How to Sub­tract Frac­tions in 5 Sim­ple Steps.

8. How to Mul­ti­ply Frac­tions in 4 Sim­ple Steps.

9. How to Divide Frac­tions in 5 Sim­ple Steps.

## Mature Students/Private Candidates

At one point I planned to sit the Math GCSE exam myself but I thought bet­ter of it. I have my ‘O Level’ and I decided that the pur­pose of the blog was to help my chil­dren (and share infor­ma­tion and resources with oth­ers). I did find out how to take Maths GCSE as a pri­vate can­di­date and I also found some use­ful links that pro­vide gov­ern­ment assis­tance (advice and pos­si­bly finan­cial assis­tance).
1. Gov­ern­ment Assistance.

3. Choos­ing an Exam Board

4. Exam Fees

5. Find­ing a Local Exam Cen­tre to sit Maths GCSE

6. Changes to the Maths GCSE syal­labus from 2010

## Videos

There are many great videos avail­able. I did notice one or two gaps includ­ing a sim­ple video to explain how to learn your times tables. My videos are cer­tainly short (typ­i­cally less than 2 min­utes). The times table video has been very pop­u­lar– approx­i­mately 250,000 views!

1. How to Learn Your Times Tables Fast.

2. How to Mul­ti­ply Using the Grid Method.

### Frac­tions Videos (Add, Sub­tract, Mul­ti­ply and Divide)

Adding, sub­tract­ing, mul­ti­ply­ing and divid­ing frac­tions is not dif­fi­cult but there are cer­tain steps to fol­low in each case. If you know these steps or rules then you will have no prob­lems. The best way to mem­o­rise the steps is to just work through some examples.

3. How to Add Frac­tions in 5 Easy Steps

4. How to Sub­tract Frac­tions in 5 Easy Steps

5. How to Mul­ti­ply Frac­tions in 4 Easy Steps

6. How to Divide Frac­tions in 5 Easy Steps

## Resources

Teach­ing AQA GCSE maths — www.aqagcsemaths.wordpress.com
This is really aimed at teach­ers but I’ve found it use­ful. Par­tic­u­larly impressed by their Sher­lock Holmes episodes (would be great if all Maths lessons could be like this!).

Spec­i­men Papers

These are links to spec­i­men papers for the AQA’s new GCSE syl­labus (2010)- first sit­ting June 2012:-

Foun­da­tion Level

Unit 1F Sta­tis­tics and Num­ber Ques­tion Paper

Unit 1F Sta­tis­tics and Num­ber Mark Scheme

Unit 2F Num­ber and Alge­bra Ques­tion Paper

Unit 2F Num­ber and Alge­bra Mark Scheme

Unit 3F Geom­e­try and Alge­bra Ques­tion Paper

Unit 3F Geom­e­try and Alge­bra Mark Scheme

Higher Level

Unit 1H Sta­tis­tics and Num­ber Ques­tion Paper

Unit 1H Sta­tis­tics and Num­ber Mark Scheme

Unit 2H Num­ber and Alge­bra Ques­tion Paper

Unit 2H Num­ber and Alge­bra Mark Scheme

Unit 3H Geom­e­try and Alge­bra Ques­tion Paper

Unit 3H Geom­e­try and Alge­bra Mark Scheme